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Name: Gracie Brett
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 100 square feet
Time lived in: 9 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This micro studio was renovated from an old brownstone, so it has a lot of classic charm like beautiful arched windows and an ornately carved mantel. I work at a climate justice organization in Boston. Doing this, I don’t earn a huge salary, and Boston is an expensive place to live — but I found this teeny gem that would allow me to live on my own in the city. I personally love living small and find the size fits my needs perfectly! [Gracie actually gives a video tour of her micro apartment on YouTube.]
Being a climate organizer, I’m interested in living more sustainably and refusing to accept the capitalist idea that you need more, more, more to be happy. The climate justice movement often draws from indigenous wisdom, like having a caring, regenerative relationship to the earth and her resources. I try to do the same and treat objects I use with respect and care, while reducing my waste. Living in a small space is a helpful tool to help me be mindful about what I buy and keep in my home. Minimalism has liberated me and helps me focus on what matters most: community, love, and kindness. I am also clinically diagnosed with OCD, so a smaller space allows me to keep things pretty tidy and organized without cleaning all day.
I’m a minimalist with an earthy-boho twist. I have a lot of light colored wood, rattan, and plants to soften the black-and-white color palette and simple furniture. The space is a sanctuary in the city, adorned with a yoga mat, meditation pillow, and prayer beads. I stay grounded and connected with nature via my plants, especially since the centerpiece of the apartment is a trellis with pothos climbing up it!
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Minimalist and tranquil urban jungle
What is your favorite room and why? It’s all basically one room — ha! But my favorite part is my “office” nook by the windows. I work from home, and it’s the best setup because I get some sunshine from the windows, am surrounded by my plants, and have a fantastic view of the city.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for my home is this ethically and USA-made meditation pillow. I of course use it to meditate each day, but it also works as a nice little foot rest or yoga prop. It’s the ultimate addition to a spiritual studio apartment.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Be intentional and mindful of everything you invite into your life — and that’s not just limited to objects. People, attitudes, and desires are all important in creating a home you love!
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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